Windows 10 June cumulative update causes system errors to prevent applications from running

After the release of the Windows 10 cumulative update in June 2020, some users reported that they had experienced printing issues and even received an error message that “the system could not find a .exe executable file” when launching an application such as Office. From the feedback, the issue appears to be related to the KB4560960 for Windows 10 1909 and the KB4557957 cumulative update for Windows 10 2004.

Windows 10 June cumulative update causes system errors to prevent applications from running

It should be noted that Avast recently released an update that causes users to encounter a similar error message that prevents the application from running:

WINDOWS COULDN’T FIND C: PROGRAM FILES (X86) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EXE, make sure you have entered the correct name and try again.

However, users point out that even if they have not used or installed Avast anti-virus software, such error information will still pop up.

However, there are also reports that both Windows 10 cumulative updates and Avast updates can cause the functionality of these applications to be compromised, preventing them from functioning properly.

Windows 10 June cumulative update causes system errors to prevent applications from running

Microsoft community volunteers later confirmed that this was a “known issue” with the cumulative update of Windows 10, and that users could fix it by adjusting the registry project:

Open the registry editor (run regedit);

Go to the Computer?HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-SOFTWARE?Microsoft-Windows NT-CurrentVersion/Image File Execution path;

Rename the folder of applications that can’t run smoothly (e.g. changing Chrome.exe to BackupChrome.exe);

Then try to restart the computer.

If the problem persists after doing so (and amaximum anti-virus software is not used), you can try uninstalling the two Windows 10 cumulative updates (for the system version of 1909/ 2004) kb4560960 or KB4557957

Finally, Avast recommends that users of their own anti-virus software upgrade to the latest version to avoid similar problems.